al·​tered | \ ˈȯl-tərd How to pronounce altered (audio) \

Definition of altered

: made different in some way … she addressed me again, speaking in very altered tones; so altered, that I hardly recognised them as hers.— Wilkie Collins … no great change had taken place inside him, but his exterior was visibly altered.— Booth Tarkington

Examples of altered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And there's obviously a big risk in giving altered cancer cells to humans. CNN, "These dogs are getting a cancer vaccine. If it works, humans could be next," 21 June 2019 Lindsey was issued a Social Security number in 1988 as a 32-year-old man, his identity verified with what turned out to be an altered birth certificate, according to the plea agreement. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lyle Lindsey died as a toddler. So why was he racking up convictions and student debt decades later?," 12 Sep. 2019 Trump used an altered NOAA map of Hurricane Dorian’s path as a visual aid while speaking reporters in the Oval Office last week. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "NOAA's acting chief scientist reportedly to investigate effort to bolster Trump," 9 Sep. 2019 Lyndon Hunter is charged with murder and possession of an altered firearm in the death of 26-year-old Johnathan Einhellig. Levi Edwards |, al, "Arrest made in fatal shooting outside Mobile apartments; victim ID’d," 7 Sep. 2019 According to a new study, some people who function normally on just 6 hours of sleep harbor an altered version of a particular gene, the second gene so far linked to short sleep. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "This genetic mutation makes people feel rested on just 6 hours of sleep," 28 Aug. 2019 Lawyers view images of real guns and how altered versions will appear in the game, recommending changes so that guns are recognizable but don’t meet the standard of infringement. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "Why It’s So Hard to Stop Marketing Guns in Video Games," 19 Aug. 2019 And while Tame Impala goes backward, the audience undulated forward, entranced by digital vistas, orbs, infinite roads and a nonstop laser light show that aimed to induce altered states. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, "Tame Impala’s freak flag flies at half-staff at Anthem show," 25 Aug. 2019 Regardless of whether the team suddenly heats up or continues at a clip that will likely keep the team hovering around .500, the changes in the club’s on-field approach may be just as delicate as their altered season objective. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Will the Giants’ definition of ‘meaningful baseball’ change in September?," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of altered

1563, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for altered

from past participle of alter

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